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"This was a mistake." With four little words, he sunk my entire world. Jordan should have been my first… he was already my everything. My best friend, my secret crush. We were closer than siblings. Our family's weaved together an intricate pattern of lines never meant to be crossed. Until that night… We had a bit too much to drink and the heated way he stared at me made me fee "This was a mistake." With four little words, he sunk my entire world. Jordan should have been my first… he was already my everything. My best friend, my secret crush. We were closer than siblings. Our family's weaved together an intricate pattern of lines never meant to be crossed. Until that night… We had a bit too much to drink and the heated way he stared at me made me feel that we could finally be something more. Things got a little out of hand and once the kissing started I didn't want it to stop. The time felt right and I gathered courage and told him how I felt. If only I knew how awkward things would be the next morning.


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"This was a mistake." With four little words, he sunk my entire world. Jordan should have been my first… he was already my everything. My best friend, my secret crush. We were closer than siblings. Our family's weaved together an intricate pattern of lines never meant to be crossed. Until that night… We had a bit too much to drink and the heated way he stared at me made me fee "This was a mistake." With four little words, he sunk my entire world. Jordan should have been my first… he was already my everything. My best friend, my secret crush. We were closer than siblings. Our family's weaved together an intricate pattern of lines never meant to be crossed. Until that night… We had a bit too much to drink and the heated way he stared at me made me feel that we could finally be something more. Things got a little out of hand and once the kissing started I didn't want it to stop. The time felt right and I gathered courage and told him how I felt. If only I knew how awkward things would be the next morning.

30 review for In His Kiss

  1. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Normally I love friends to lovers. But this one was just ridiculous at some times. It was kind of hard to tell the voices apart, so I would forget who I was reading sometimes. Sometimes the events happening didn’t go anywhere, and I was wondering what the point was. This just wasn’t the book for me, but it would be a good summer read. Thank you netgalley and the publisher for the arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Jordan and Xia have been friends forever, but only friends. Until it changes one night. Will they be able to maintain a relationship, or even their friendship now that they took that step? I really liked In His Kiss. It's a little bit angsty, it's sexy, and both Xia and Jordan, especially Xia, are likable characters. Writing friends to lovers can be tough, and sometimes the angst is overwhelming in this trope, sometimes best friends suddenly act like they don't even know each other, but I was Jordan and Xia have been friends forever, but only friends. Until it changes one night. Will they be able to maintain a relationship, or even their friendship now that they took that step? I really liked In His Kiss. It's a little bit angsty, it's sexy, and both Xia and Jordan, especially Xia, are likable characters. Writing friends to lovers can be tough, and sometimes the angst is overwhelming in this trope, sometimes best friends suddenly act like they don't even know each other, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ava had enough restraint to not go overboard on the angst or the teenaged emotions that moving beyond friends can bring out in people. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Ava now. ARC via The Next Step PR for an honest review. Review & Release Promotion: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lenor

    You know those books you start to read, and you want to devour them? Well this was another one of those for me. I couldn´t put it down and it was so good. This is not the typical story, “I love you but in secret and I have to watch you love someone else” believe me when I tell you that you want to dive in this one with any thoughts, it is really amazing!! Xia and Jordan have known each other since diapers, they know everything about each other, and with time there was an unspoken agreement, they You know those books you start to read, and you want to devour them? Well this was another one of those for me. I couldn´t put it down and it was so good. This is not the typical story, “I love you but in secret and I have to watch you love someone else” believe me when I tell you that you want to dive in this one with any thoughts, it is really amazing!! Xia and Jordan have known each other since diapers, they know everything about each other, and with time there was an unspoken agreement, they are friends, best friends in fact and they know that crossing that line might put in risk their friendship and lose the most important person, so times go by and neither of them speak about it. Until one night things got out of control and they both said things that wanted to scream since a long time ago and after that, things are not the same so, what if both take a chance and just dive even if there’s nothing sure? Well this was a fast reding and my first book by Ava Alise, and now I can say OMAIGAD that ending, was mind blowing, I truly cannot wait for the next book that Ava has planned for us!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    konstantina avouri

    Okay so i'm pissed....this book had so many potentials to be one of my favs best friends to lovers book but no we can't have nice things in life anymore. The plot was actually really interesting but DAMN everything was so rushed it felt like someone was rushing me to finish it, everything happened so fast i didn't know where to exactly focus. Anyways Xia and Jordan were super cute together but still didn't enjoyed the book as much as i wanted :( The book also had a trope i really love but only g Okay so i'm pissed....this book had so many potentials to be one of my favs best friends to lovers book but no we can't have nice things in life anymore. The plot was actually really interesting but DAMN everything was so rushed it felt like someone was rushing me to finish it, everything happened so fast i didn't know where to exactly focus. Anyways Xia and Jordan were super cute together but still didn't enjoyed the book as much as i wanted :( The book also had a trope i really love but only gave us like 3 pages of this so yeah......I will probably try to read the next book of this series and give this author another chance. If you guys want to read a cute and quick story definetely check this out and some tw// metion of suicide (the mother of the heroine is dealing with depression).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Juckett (Give Me All The Book's)

    This book was fantastic and the first book in a new series for Ava omg you need to read this book and come fall in love with all the character's except Felicia bye bye Felicia. This story is about 2 best friend's Jordan and Xia who grew up doing everything together as best friends do and now their in college and thing's have changed between them. I'll stop right there and just say this much, this arthur takes you on one whirlwind of a story she'll have you all up in your feel's one min and laughi This book was fantastic and the first book in a new series for Ava omg you need to read this book and come fall in love with all the character's except Felicia bye bye Felicia. This story is about 2 best friend's Jordan and Xia who grew up doing everything together as best friends do and now their in college and thing's have changed between them. I'll stop right there and just say this much, this arthur takes you on one whirlwind of a story she'll have you all up in your feel's one min and laughing the next and yeh there's some of those hot and smexy times sprinkled in here as well. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend grabbing it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharing My

    A very enjoyable book from Ava Alise! I loved Jordan and Xia! They were inseparable best friends. They were like PB and J, and like Mac and cheese. They just seemed meant to be together. One drunken, (and hot) night changes things, but for good or bad, you have to read for yourself. Between the pressures of college, and family struggles, their bond gets stronger as they become each other's rock. I am looking forward to reading King's story. A very enjoyable book from Ava Alise! I loved Jordan and Xia! They were inseparable best friends. They were like PB and J, and like Mac and cheese. They just seemed meant to be together. One drunken, (and hot) night changes things, but for good or bad, you have to read for yourself. Between the pressures of college, and family struggles, their bond gets stronger as they become each other's rock. I am looking forward to reading King's story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie Barrera

    OMFG!!! JUST WOW!! IN HIS KISS by Ava Alise is OUTSTANDINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! Such an Suspenseful Epic Best Friend to Lover's story that will Leave you hanging and wanna know what is going to happen next!! Xia and Jordan's storytelling was Beautifully Written with TWISTS and TURNS INTO the UNKNOWN that will Have your Jaw Dropping several times!! Definitely a Must Read Book and never a Dull moment page after page since I devoured it in ONE Sitting!! Ava Alise has a Way with her words and Passion in eac OMFG!!! JUST WOW!! IN HIS KISS by Ava Alise is OUTSTANDINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! Such an Suspenseful Epic Best Friend to Lover's story that will Leave you hanging and wanna know what is going to happen next!! Xia and Jordan's storytelling was Beautifully Written with TWISTS and TURNS INTO the UNKNOWN that will Have your Jaw Dropping several times!! Definitely a Must Read Book and never a Dull moment page after page since I devoured it in ONE Sitting!! Ava Alise has a Way with her words and Passion in each of her Books so if you haven't Read her work...WTF are you Waiting for!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  8. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Ditmore

    Jordan and Xia have been best friends since forever. Each harboring feelings for each other and never acting on them, that is until the opportunity arises and one drunken night, words spoken, a line crossed and your life as you know is changed. The chemistry between them is off the charts smoldering, can these two make a go of it, going from friends to lovers? Will Jordan’s ex stay in the past or will she be an obstacle to overcome? I guess you will have to read for yourself to see what happens Jordan and Xia have been best friends since forever. Each harboring feelings for each other and never acting on them, that is until the opportunity arises and one drunken night, words spoken, a line crossed and your life as you know is changed. The chemistry between them is off the charts smoldering, can these two make a go of it, going from friends to lovers? Will Jordan’s ex stay in the past or will she be an obstacle to overcome? I guess you will have to read for yourself to see what happens with these two. I received a copy of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Not very often can I say that an author surprised me with their story or even left me wondering what was going to happen next. Ava did just that with In His Kiss. The story between Jordan and Xia, best friends forever turned to more, simply was everything I wanted it to be. Enough angst packed in it to wonder what was coming next and enough passion to make me crave more from these two. Their chemistry is simply incomparable to anything I have read before, and all the twists along the way make th Not very often can I say that an author surprised me with their story or even left me wondering what was going to happen next. Ava did just that with In His Kiss. The story between Jordan and Xia, best friends forever turned to more, simply was everything I wanted it to be. Enough angst packed in it to wonder what was coming next and enough passion to make me crave more from these two. Their chemistry is simply incomparable to anything I have read before, and all the twists along the way make their journey a very exciting one! All of the extra characters we meet along the way are simply amazing as well and I can't wait for more of this series and to see what Ava has in store for King's book! ❤ Not many can leave me guessing til the end, I can predict what is going on in so many books no days, that this was a breathe of fresh air to be shocked beyond what I could have ever imagined was going on in my head ❤

  11. 5 out of 5

    Atlanta Whitlock

    Ava Alise’s work is new to me, I’ve been following her for a while but in terms of actually going ahead and trying her work is something I’ve never gotten to do… So now that I have had the chance to explore her work, I have to say I find myself quite surprised at the level of talent she has as a writer. Ava knows how to keep you hooked on something, especially when you’re only meant to be reading a short section as you need to do something, but instead you find yourself forgetting about the task Ava Alise’s work is new to me, I’ve been following her for a while but in terms of actually going ahead and trying her work is something I’ve never gotten to do… So now that I have had the chance to explore her work, I have to say I find myself quite surprised at the level of talent she has as a writer. Ava knows how to keep you hooked on something, especially when you’re only meant to be reading a short section as you need to do something, but instead you find yourself forgetting about the task at hand and just carry on reading as you’re that gripped with the storyline. As I know that this isn’t Ava’s first book and one of her recent ones I would honestly be interested in seeing what her earlier work has to offer. I do think that Ava is extremely talented and she has done a great job on this book. However, the one thing that stood out to me, is that at times I would find myself rereading little bits that I had only just read about. I know that it wasn’t intentional on Ava’s behalf but sometimes when it comes to repeating certain events or things in books it can get quite frustrating as you’ve already about it and have an understanding, but then seconds later you’re reading something you’ve just read about. Other than that, I honestly can’t fault the story, I’m excited in seeing what else Ava creates, plus I’m interested in seeing how things work out for King as you got to see a handful of characters in this book. This book seemed so down to earth and in a way I could find myself relating to it as if these things were just normal occurrences and not something that’s just been thought up of. Ava has given this book character and I’m excited to see what else her talent brings. I would definitely recommend that you give this a try, you never know, you may find yourself discovering a new author. Jordan and Xia have known each other for as long as they can remember, they have done pretty much everything together…. However they are both holding a deep secret from one another. Both scared of actually admitting the truth, they both just continue on as if everything is okay with the world and avoid what they are truly feeling for one another. Jordan is about to find out if he can get the assistant’s position for the one professor at the College they both attend, so he’s pretty worked up over that. He’s in a relationship with a girl who he feels nothing for, but he’s determined to get his life together so that he can go after his dreams. Xia is doing as great as she can get, that is until the one morning she ends up seeing her father with some random girl who he’s never met…. That’s when her whole world comes crashing down. A few days pass and Jordan is concerned about how things are with Xia, so he forces her into hanging out with him for the night and then study the next day. But one night of drinking with the guys and they end up waking up the next day unsure of what to make of the situation they are both in…. Will their friendship be changed forever or will this be the thing that has needed to happen for so long?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Jordan and Xia have been friends for a long time, and they made the decision early on to never cross the line between friendship and more to protect the bond they had. But somewhere along the way the lines between them started to become blurred, secret crushes took hold, and feelings started to join the mix. But they still tried to maintain their just friends rule... that is until one night after too many drinks and a little liquid courage! In His Kiss is an emotional friends to lovers story that Jordan and Xia have been friends for a long time, and they made the decision early on to never cross the line between friendship and more to protect the bond they had. But somewhere along the way the lines between them started to become blurred, secret crushes took hold, and feelings started to join the mix. But they still tried to maintain their just friends rule... that is until one night after too many drinks and a little liquid courage! In His Kiss is an emotional friends to lovers story that will give your heartstrings a nice little tug. A friendship between these two was destined to happen, being neighbors and constantly radiating around one another in the same circles, it was bound to happen. At first it was a simple friendship, one where they could count on one another for advice and a shoulder to lean on, but then something shifted between them, and feelings started to grow. But neither were willing to admit how they felt, which pretty much spelled disaster, when they all came to light. Watching these two try to maneuver through uncharted territory and take their relationship down this new path was emotional and trying at times, but good on the heart nonetheless. I really enjoyed this one, it had sweet moments to bring smiles, emotional moments to squeeze the heart, and dramatic moments to keep my eyes glued to the pages... it was a perfect little escape! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I was pretty surprised by this friends to lovers tale! It was not one I expected but one that needs to be read! I loved the spin on the concept and how the flow of the story went. Xia is straight up sass. She gives as good as she gets. She tells it like it is but when things get spun out of control in her life, she runs to the one that has been there for her always. Jordan. I loved his character so much as well. He isn’t your typical jock. He is feisty as well and fights for what he believes is I was pretty surprised by this friends to lovers tale! It was not one I expected but one that needs to be read! I loved the spin on the concept and how the flow of the story went. Xia is straight up sass. She gives as good as she gets. She tells it like it is but when things get spun out of control in her life, she runs to the one that has been there for her always. Jordan. I loved his character so much as well. He isn’t your typical jock. He is feisty as well and fights for what he believes is right. As their story flows, there are some interesting twists and turns that will have you devouring this story. I love these two together and how they play off each other through everything. I am really looking forward to King’s story now!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Basic

    Ava is a new to me author, so I was going in to this experience blind, except knowing that In his Kiss is a friends-to-lovers story. Ava's writing and story telling was addicting. I couldn't stop reading, and was happily finishing this story in one sitting. Jordan and Xia dont get alot of friend time as they are quickly thrust into a series of drunkenness, badly worded conversations, awkward situations and a few extra bumps along the road that one has come to expect with a University Romance or Ava is a new to me author, so I was going in to this experience blind, except knowing that In his Kiss is a friends-to-lovers story. Ava's writing and story telling was addicting. I couldn't stop reading, and was happily finishing this story in one sitting. Jordan and Xia dont get alot of friend time as they are quickly thrust into a series of drunkenness, badly worded conversations, awkward situations and a few extra bumps along the road that one has come to expect with a University Romance or friends to lover romance, that could've ruined everything, however in true HEA fashion, communication is key, and it truly is an adorably good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    bookobsession000

    An enjoyable sweet story about Jordan and Xia who have been best friends since they were little. For years they have secretly had feelings for one another but have been too afraid to come clean until one drunken night, they cross the invisible line in their friendship. Ava Alise is a new author to me and I have to say, that I really enjoyed this book. The writing style, storyline and characters were all so well done. I loved the interactions between Jordan and Xia. As friends, they are so incred An enjoyable sweet story about Jordan and Xia who have been best friends since they were little. For years they have secretly had feelings for one another but have been too afraid to come clean until one drunken night, they cross the invisible line in their friendship. Ava Alise is a new author to me and I have to say, that I really enjoyed this book. The writing style, storyline and characters were all so well done. I loved the interactions between Jordan and Xia. As friends, they are so incredibly sweet together but it is so obvious that they are meant to be together as more. It was an easy story to read and it didn't take long before I was fully invested in this book. There was the right amount of angst, drama and a little bit of heartbreak but plenty of chemistry. I am looking forward to reading King's book next :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    In His Kiss, The Unrequited Series, Ava Alise Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: New Adult, Romance I wanted to like this book, best friends to lovers? Those classic words “this was a mistake” So tempting. I did like it, just so many little irritations. The biggest one was that Jordan was 24, Xia 21 and yet they both were still in school? I guess that's a US/UK thing. Here we finish school/college at 18, uni at 21 and its off to the world of work then. By 21 you're expected to act as an In His Kiss, The Unrequited Series, Ava Alise Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: New Adult, Romance I wanted to like this book, best friends to lovers? Those classic words “this was a mistake” So tempting. I did like it, just so many little irritations. The biggest one was that Jordan was 24, Xia 21 and yet they both were still in school? I guess that's a US/UK thing. Here we finish school/college at 18, uni at 21 and its off to the world of work then. By 21 you're expected to act as an adult, be mature, yet these two were like teens so much of the while, teen drama stuff. It really irritated me at times, I wanted to say to them Grow Up! There was so much to and fro stuff about their emotions, so much inner musing, one step forward, two steps back it got old fast. Usually that's fine with me, but there seemed to be no real reason for the constant vacillating. I wanted to say to them stop playing around, talk to each other, Do Something. TBH I didn't really feel anything between them more than friendship with a bit of lust, and I guess that's why I found it hard to get invested in a relationship between them. In contrast Xi's parents story was much more interesting ;-) but unlike Xia, there's no way I could not have asked more, contain my curiosity about pictures etc. Xia had her life turned upside down by her parents issues, and yet when she finds out some pretty curious pics she does nothing? Then there's Jordan's issues about his home, and then the problems with his ex. I love stories that have more than one plot, that have side issues to keep things interesting, but here I felt that they were only very tenuously connected, and rather than back up the main story that actually detracted from it. My issues of course, I'm sure others will love this story – its that horses for courses thing again. No story suits all readers, we all like different things. Stars: Two, a story that just didn't resonate with me. I found it hard to invest in the characters. My issues though, others love it. Arc via Netgalley and publishers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura ( Latteandbooks )

    This is the first book that I have read by this author. Jordan and Xia have been friends forever they both have feelings for one another but haven’t done anything about it …well that is until one night changes everything. Friends to lovers books are always a win for me. They have some bumps in the road this book had my feelings all over the place and I loved it. One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was seeing them together after there one night together. This book was a little predict This is the first book that I have read by this author. Jordan and Xia have been friends forever they both have feelings for one another but haven’t done anything about it …well that is until one night changes everything. Friends to lovers books are always a win for me. They have some bumps in the road this book had my feelings all over the place and I loved it. One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was seeing them together after there one night together. This book was a little predictable for me but I didn’t mind that at all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MJ's Book Blog and Reviews

    Review by: Jennifer (3 stars) Best friends for most of their lives, Jordan and Xia have never crossed that line between just friends and more. Xia has been in love with Jordan since high school, but never did or said anything as she doesn't want to lose her best friend. Jordan is late to the party so to speak, and when he finally realizes that he feels more for Xia, its already too late. One night, one night filled with alcohol, one night where they let their problems go, to wake up in the morning Review by: Jennifer (3 stars) Best friends for most of their lives, Jordan and Xia have never crossed that line between just friends and more. Xia has been in love with Jordan since high school, but never did or said anything as she doesn't want to lose her best friend. Jordan is late to the party so to speak, and when he finally realizes that he feels more for Xia, its already too late. One night, one night filled with alcohol, one night where they let their problems go, to wake up in the morning with one of them saying "It was a mistake". How do best friends come back from something like that? This was just an ok friends to lovers story. TBH I was more interested in the side plot that was going on than what was up with Jordan and Xia... and there was a lot going on with Jordan and Xia. This had loads of drama, a bit over the top, cup runneth over type of thing; and I wasn't even focused on the two. Glad we did get what was up with the one situation, cuz I was super all up in that plot line, (insert shrug) her parents were more interesting! I give this 3 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Naughty Nightie

    4 1/2 Star Read. I enjoyed this University romance book by Ava. Xia and Jordan have been friends in forever since they were young. They have never been together as a couple usually dating other people. One day a drunken party changes everything and though they try to avoid it sometimes you are blind to what others see. It was a sweet romance novel with some hotness thrown in with some family dramas going on both sides. I received a copy (thank you) to do an honest review for Naughty Nightie Book 4 1/2 Star Read. I enjoyed this University romance book by Ava. Xia and Jordan have been friends in forever since they were young. They have never been together as a couple usually dating other people. One day a drunken party changes everything and though they try to avoid it sometimes you are blind to what others see. It was a sweet romance novel with some hotness thrown in with some family dramas going on both sides. I received a copy (thank you) to do an honest review for Naughty Nightie Book Blog. This book once it sucks you in with the dramas and other things going on in life makes it hard to put down. I look forward to seeing what King’s story is in the next book. Maybe one day even a book on Xia’s parents story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I am an Ava Alise fan. I haven't read all of her books (YET), but when I read the blurb for this book, I couldn't resist! I love friends to lovers and Ms. Alise did a wonderful job with Jordan and Xia's struggle to remain "just friends!" Lots of "feeling good!" So, a great read to escape the news of the days! I received an advanced reader copy, and this is my honest and voluntary review. I am an Ava Alise fan. I haven't read all of her books (YET), but when I read the blurb for this book, I couldn't resist! I love friends to lovers and Ms. Alise did a wonderful job with Jordan and Xia's struggle to remain "just friends!" Lots of "feeling good!" So, a great read to escape the news of the days! I received an advanced reader copy, and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    Thank you to Victory Editing Netgalley Co-op and Netgalley from my advanced copy of the book. This was a sweet love story of best friends turn lovers. I love the chemistry of Xia and Jordan. I wanted more of them. There was a bit of side drama that pulled them in. The side plots were interesting and kept my attention to the end. There were interesting twists to the story. The epilogue was okay and left me wanting more. I am looking forward to the next book!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    The well written storyline and the well defined characters captured my attention from the very beginning and the interaction between Jordan and Xia kept me turning the pages until the very last page!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Carpenter

    Xia and Jordan pulled me in right from the start. Best friends who one night take it a step further and than things get complicated, emotional, messy, and heartbreaking. Each page takes you along with their story of trying to find if they both want more or to remain just friends. An amazing read and I can't wait to read the next one. Xia and Jordan pulled me in right from the start. Best friends who one night take it a step further and than things get complicated, emotional, messy, and heartbreaking. Each page takes you along with their story of trying to find if they both want more or to remain just friends. An amazing read and I can't wait to read the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Char (1RadReader59)

    What amazing storytelling abilities Ava has in order to take this couple who have been friends their whole life, their stories of organic love, that grew for each other’s hearts without cheapening it or them. Neither Xia (Zee) or Jordan knew that they were in love with each other. Although they were the only ones, others knew they were that close. To the point, Jordan was always touching her in some way. He was even in the opening scene in a booth sitting on the same side with his arm around her. What amazing storytelling abilities Ava has in order to take this couple who have been friends their whole life, their stories of organic love, that grew for each other’s hearts without cheapening it or them. Neither Xia (Zee) or Jordan knew that they were in love with each other. Although they were the only ones, others knew they were that close. To the point, Jordan was always touching her in some way. He was even in the opening scene in a booth sitting on the same side with his arm around her. Mixed signals much? How did they never explore it or talk about it? That was the fear, of losing this from diapers to the present friendship they have. But when they ducked into a new little off the beaten path restaurant, they never expected to see her father. Being that here dad was supposed to be in Tulsa for a conference since he is a professor for the college she and Jordan go to, you know where their minds go. She hates it but decides not to make a scene she calls him it goes to voicemail. In her almost twenty-one years, he has never, ever not answered her calls not during a class, meeting, etc…. For them, both to sit there to see that happen kills them both. Jordan looked up to her dad. They leave, they get in the car and her dad texts to the effect of, Dad: At the airport. Sorry, getting ready to board. Love you! The man she loves and looks up to and she watching now, sitting in the window, in front of her, just broke her heart and will shatter her mom. Out and out lied. To say from that moment on the book is beyond fast and do they get closer, yup. After a few days of not answering calls, dad comes calling, wow so not good for him. Jordan has stuff so she doesn’t let on but when his big things stop and he talks to her, he goes to get to bring to his house with his roommates. She doesn’t need to be alone. After a fun bender one thing leads to another. The morning after they get their wires crossed. Avoiding each other isn’t working time to talk so they can get back on track? Let me tell Jordan is so meek and mild always gentle but you threaten the well-being of his girl, damn back up. Or you home in on his woman and the alpha comes out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Books2lovenow

    Things to absolutely love about this book! Friend-to-lovers ✔️ Sexy dirty talking hero ✔️ Gorgeous inside and out, feisty heroine ✔️ Well developed extremely interesting cast of characters ✔️ Plot twists you don't see coming ✔️ New Adult romance that actually admits real life difficult adult things happen to people ✔️ Mental Health dealt with in a realistic, sympathetic way ✔️ Characters who believe in God but aren't preachy or holier than thou ✔️ Minority heroine ✔️ Seriously I could add several dozen ot Things to absolutely love about this book! Friend-to-lovers ✔️ Sexy dirty talking hero ✔️ Gorgeous inside and out, feisty heroine ✔️ Well developed extremely interesting cast of characters ✔️ Plot twists you don't see coming ✔️ New Adult romance that actually admits real life difficult adult things happen to people ✔️ Mental Health dealt with in a realistic, sympathetic way ✔️ Characters who believe in God but aren't preachy or holier than thou ✔️ Minority heroine ✔️ Seriously I could add several dozen other things to love about this book but that's the big ones. In His Kiss was a rollercoaster of emotions I laughed,I ugly cried, and I had all the warm feels. By the HEA I was practically cheating in glee for Jordan and Xia. This is a new adult romance set in college. My biggest pet peeves with college romances is when they get involved in the drama of being 20-something and fail to register the real world. In His Kiss is don't that book! In stead it's an extremely well developed look at friendship, family, love, death, and must more. YOU. WILL. UGLY. CRY! There are some very heavy topics in the story death of a parent, loss of a spouse, cheating, loss of a child. I don't want to spoil the story but all the characters suffer and come out stronger because of it. Jordan and Xia face normal 20-something issues classes, landing a job, taking a leap of faith with a relationship. They also deal with stressors that aren't as common but still very real to life. This story is worth the struggle of the ride. You won't see the twists coming. I can't wait to read about the other characters in this world! And the sexiness, OMG, Jordan! Seriously just read. You need tissues and a safe place because it's pretty dang hot at times! If I could give it more than five stars I would! #newrelease

  26. 5 out of 5

    Galy

    I recieved this ebook from the publisher and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! This is a beautiful story. Jordan and Xia are best friends since childhood. Until one night when everything changes... Now they don't really know how to be normal around the other again. There's a lot of things going on in the story, lots of drama. I love that the main characters are still in college and dreaming about their futures. We also get to know more about the main characters' I recieved this ebook from the publisher and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! This is a beautiful story. Jordan and Xia are best friends since childhood. Until one night when everything changes... Now they don't really know how to be normal around the other again. There's a lot of things going on in the story, lots of drama. I love that the main characters are still in college and dreaming about their futures. We also get to know more about the main characters' families and their problems. And the friends are amazing too. I really liked this story. It surprised me, I loved the characters and I want to know more about them! The author says in the end that this is part of a series so I'll keep an eye out for the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Harrietha

    First off I must say that I love everything that Ava Alise writes. All her books gave amazing characters and storylines that fill your heart. In His Kiss is such a wonderful and sweet story to read. It has the humour I am so use to from Ava’s writings as well as some emotional moments that pull at the heart strings!!! Jordan and Xia have been best friends forever until they weren’t anymore. They took it one step further and it was epic. Their story however is not always easy but they are always t First off I must say that I love everything that Ava Alise writes. All her books gave amazing characters and storylines that fill your heart. In His Kiss is such a wonderful and sweet story to read. It has the humour I am so use to from Ava’s writings as well as some emotional moments that pull at the heart strings!!! Jordan and Xia have been best friends forever until they weren’t anymore. They took it one step further and it was epic. Their story however is not always easy but they are always there for each other and the love between them is beautiful. I loved the side stories in this book also. The supportive characters always add to Ava’s stories and I am super excited to read more about King!!!! A definite must read!! 5 stars all the way!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was my first book by this author but I doubt it will be my last. I found this to be a beautiful friends to lovers book that pulled my in from the first page. There were some interesting twists and turns that I didn't see coming but I found gave this book a suspenseful edge than the average romance book. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and would definitely recommend. I am really looking forward to King’s story! ARC provided by Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op This was my first book by this author but I doubt it will be my last. I found this to be a beautiful friends to lovers book that pulled my in from the first page. There were some interesting twists and turns that I didn't see coming but I found gave this book a suspenseful edge than the average romance book. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and would definitely recommend. I am really looking forward to King’s story! ARC provided by Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    This was my first title from Ava Alise and wow, I was impressed! I loved the relationship developing from best friends to lovers between Jordan and Xia was perfect. I loved the pace at which the characters realized their relationship and feelings. I was invested in their love from the start. The underlying plot lines were enthralling. Xia's parents, Jordan's roommates; both were done really nicely, allowing you to connect with these characters, but not taking away from Jordan and Xia themselves. A This was my first title from Ava Alise and wow, I was impressed! I loved the relationship developing from best friends to lovers between Jordan and Xia was perfect. I loved the pace at which the characters realized their relationship and feelings. I was invested in their love from the start. The underlying plot lines were enthralling. Xia's parents, Jordan's roommates; both were done really nicely, allowing you to connect with these characters, but not taking away from Jordan and Xia themselves. Alise really captivated the reader from all angles of the plot here. I'm thrilled King will be next and will most definitely pick up his story! ARC generously provided by Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is a sweet predictable love story. Jordan and Xia have been friends since childhood, with both families not only being close friends but also neighbors. Jordan and Xia are best friends and do virtually everything together but date. They both have a secret, that they are finding harder and harder to keep from each other, but when Jordan finally calls it quits with his girlfriend, Xia and Jordan have an unforgettable night together that will change their lives forever. As in real life, just w This is a sweet predictable love story. Jordan and Xia have been friends since childhood, with both families not only being close friends but also neighbors. Jordan and Xia are best friends and do virtually everything together but date. They both have a secret, that they are finding harder and harder to keep from each other, but when Jordan finally calls it quits with his girlfriend, Xia and Jordan have an unforgettable night together that will change their lives forever. As in real life, just when things are going smoothly, life will throw you a curve ball and these two definitely encounter a few of those. This story was easy reading except for the many grammer errors and sentences that I had to reread trying to make sense of what I was reading.

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